From Wednesday, everyone can download the ‘CoronAlert’ app on their smartphone. Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès announced this to the National Security Council last week and the news is confirmed by the Interfederal Testing and Tracing Committee. “Technically everything is in order, the communication between patient and family doctor has to be monitored”, it sounds.
The contact tracking app aims to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and will anonymously track who people have come into physical contact with. When a doctor prescribes a test, the user can generate a code in his app so that it can be linked to the code of his test. If the test is positive, the user will get this in their app and can send a notification to anyone who has been around.
At least 17,000 Belgians were able to try the app in recent weeks. Normally, only 10,000 people were selected, but because there were originally some technical problems with Android, the app was already released in the Google Playstore. This way, more people could already use the app.
“There are no technical problems at the moment”, said Carmen De Rudder, spokesman for the Interfederal Testing and Tracing Committee on Tuesday. “All that remains to be worked on is establishing the link between the corona test and the app of the patient undergoing such a test. This has nothing to do with the app itself, but with the fact that not all doctors have the Link the seventeen-digit code of the app correctly to the test. Users of the app should certainly indicate that they are using the app when they first contact their GP. “
According to Karine Moykens, chair of the Interfederal Committee on Testing and Tracing, this problem has no consequences for the detection of corona infections. “Contact tracing is not endangered, because we still just keep calling potential infected people. If the app goes wrong or if people have not installed the app, that is still the effective way of contact tracing.”
The app will be available to everyone for free via iOS or Android from Wednesday. Karine Moykens will also present ‘CoronAlert’ on Wednesday at the press conference of the National Crisis Center where the epidemiological figures will also be presented by Sciensano.
From Thursday, the app will be promoted with posters, flyers and on dynamic signs above the motorway.
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